ULOG #3 Cruising with Radiance. Part #1

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I've been fortunate enough to go on a few cruises and I think the anticipation of going on a cruise is almost (almost) as good as being on board and sailing the ocean.

My husband (John) and I favour Royal Caribbean and The Radiance of the Seas is just one of their impressive fleet of cruise ships. This trip took us from Brisbane to Tasmania and back again, but the first part of the trip was via a plane to Sydney.

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But before we got to the airport we encountered our first real challenge. One vehicle, four passengers and multiple bags. It was a tight squeeze but we managed to get everything in. I'm one of these people who cannot travel lightly. I try, I really do. But I like to have every possible scenario covered, hence the full bags and the frequent checking of the weight........and that was before my holiday even started!

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This is an aerial view of the Brisbane's Gateway and Sir Leo Hiescher Bridges. The original bridge was built in 1986 and its duplicate in 2010. These bridges are situated in eastern Brisbane and run between Eagle farm and Murarrie.

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"Good-Bye Brisbane!" Brisbane has a popuation of over 2.4 million and is the 3rd most populated city in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. It is also one of the oldest cities in Australia and was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples. Brisbane encompasses an area of 15,826 km's.

The five countries who represent the highest number of residents living in Brisbane are New Zealand, England, South Africa, India and the Philippines. It was named Australia's happiest city by Lonely Planet and has been given the title as one of the "World's most livable cities." This may have something to do with the fact that it has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city.

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This is the view as we neared Sydney. It was an awesome sight.

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One and a half hours later, we touched down at Sydney airport. The weather was fine and we couldn't wait to go through customs and make our way towards the train terminal which is conveniently located at the airport.

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There weren't many people at the train station which meant we shouldn't have too much difficulty managing our suitcases in the confined spaces of the train. I spoke too soon because with each stop, more and more passengers squeezed in, trying not to frown at the culprits (us) who took up a lot of room at the entrance of the train.

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We arrived at the train terminal at Circular Quay. It was a hub of activity as people were coming and going in all directions. They were disembarking off ferries and boarding them, heading towards bus stations or walking to their destinations. They were booking train tickets or pausing for coffee. One young tourist sat quietly in the midst of all the hustle and bustle to plan his itinerary. He was a man with a plan.

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Our eyes focused on our reason for being here. There she sat in all her radiant beauty, waiting to receive her excited passengers! The Radiance of the Seas is a cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. I hardly know where to start with telling you about a few of the many amazing features of this ship but as I'll be sharing many photos in following blogs, I'll make this introduction brief.

Activities and events on board include, mini golf, a sports court, table tennis, multiple pools and spas, a fully equipped gym, dance classes, live orchestras, cupcake and sushi making classes, disco parties and teen parties, solarium (one of my favourite places) a library and card room, an arcade casino, a program for babies and toddlers, art auctions, and indoor and outdoor movies.

And of course there are the many bars, cafes, and dining areas which include buffet and fine dining and specialty restaurants which cater for all tastes and preferences. But I will share these with you soon.

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Circular Quay is situated on the edge of Sydney Harbour and is the location of many iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Busy ferries come and go day and night and it is a merging point for train, bus and cruise ship passengers. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and The Rocks are situated on the western side of Circular Quay. Everywhere you walk along this fascinating foreshore you will be treated to spectacular views.

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We had the choice of boarding the ship and getting re-aquainted with the layout and her many features and enjoy an early lunch or have a look around the fascinating sights at Circular Quay first. We opted for the latter.

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Sydney Harbour is never still. There are boats, ferries and ships of all sizes going about their business and the captains of all floating vehicles need to have their wits about them in order to keep a keen eye on the water traffic to avoid possible collisions.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge, (affectionately known as "The Coathanger,") was opened in 1932 after taking six years to build. Interesting facts: It is made of steel. It contains 6 million rivets which were hand driven. When painting is required, the area covered by painters to complete the job is equivalent to 60 sports fields.

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Walking the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge requires a certain amount of fitness. After a long walk to the base of the pylon, 200 steps are required to reach the top. It cost sixpence to cross it when it was first opened. It is free to walk across and there is a bicycle track for bike riders in a special lane. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest but not the longest. Total length = 1149 metres. Arch span = 503 metres. It consists of 8 vehicle lanes, two train lines, a footpath and a cycleway.

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Without a doubt, The Sydney Opera House is one of Australia’s most famous landmarks and is certainly one of its most recognizable buildings. It was completed in 1973 and has achieved world-wide acclaim for its unique design and construction and also has the distinction of being called an architectural icon of the 20th Century.

It is situated on Bennelong Point and commands all the attention it gets every single day of the year. The Opera House is a predominant feature amongst many others in Sydney’s Harbour and is probably the most photographed building in Australia.

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There are more appealing sights yet to show you in the Circular Quay area before we board The Radiance of the Seas but I will make sure to include them in my Part #2 blog of my 'Cruising with Radiance.' Stay tuned!

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Thank you very much for your generosity and interest @daveks I'm truly honoured.

Your enthusiasm and "radiance" for this trip clearly shows in your writing, @trudeehunter! 😊 Thanks for taking us from Brisbane to Sydney with your words and pictures. Will definitely look forward to your cruise experiences. I feel it's going to be exciting and a lovely time!

Cheers! 😀

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Thanks a lot for your lovely comments and kind visit @michelleast Much appreciated.

And we are fortunate enough to view these magnificent photos. I really like the way you have summarise your post along with giving hint about your liking. It looks like a fun and you have enjoyed your travel :)

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Many thanks for your very welcome support and encouragement @curie I'm honoured to receive this acknowledgement.

The young tourist sure is a man of plans... Hahah

Being on a cruise ship sounds like fun. Circular Quay sure does have some really fascinating views. The Opera House does stand out, that was the first thing that caught my eyes when I saw the photo with the ships (the 11th photos), it definitely deserves the "architectural icon of the 20th century" title.

You guys have some fun activities to indulge in while there, I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Hello @audreybits Very nice to meet you. Thanks very much for taking the time to read this blog and leave such lovely comments. This was a cruise I did a couple of years ago and am sharing the photos and experience now. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

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It must have been a really fun trip. Revisiting and sharing such fun memories must have felt really awesome (and a bit nostalgic).

It was a pleasure reading through it.

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It certainly was a fun trip @audreybits and I’m enjoying going over the photos again. Thanks again. 🌺

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That's awesome!

What a wonderful travel so far! Love all the pictures..I think cruising is a perfect way to have a travel..There is always something to do on the ship for everyone..

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Thank you @icybc for your kind visit and input. I agree so much with your comments about cruising. It is a wonderful way to relax and see other places and definitely no opportunity to get bored.

A wonderful story about the beginning of Your journey. It was with great interest I will follow him. I liked the bright and colorful pictures . So much sun, blue sky ... I'm sure You have a very exciting trip ahead of you. :)

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Many thanks for your kind visit and comments @madlenfox. I'm happy you enjoyed reading this blog about the first part of the cruise.I did in 2016. There is so much more to come and I will enjoy sharing the rest of my trip in the weeks ahead. .

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I don't want to miss a sequel and so now I'm your follower :). @trudeehunter, I wish you a good day

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Thank you so much @madlenfox Have a wonderful day too.

Very beautiful photographs 😊
All aer looksgorgeous! ❤ atmosphere is awesome! Amazing colours and magnificent contrast. Great shots 📷

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Thank you @ykdesign for dropping by and lending your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Holy cow on the luggage, Trudee! I have only two small suitcases and that is everything I own being dragged around SE Asia. I constantly wonder how I can downsize further :)

You have a wonderful post for the start of this trip and I hope I see the rest of them. The ship sounds like so much fun and you are in a part of the world I have never been. I'm looking forward to lots of yummy food :)

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I need to take a leaf out of your book @fitinfun........but to justify my tendency to pack too much, the weather between Brisbane in Queensland and the weather in Tasmania at the bottom of Australia can be rather extreme, so we went from high humidity to freezing cold.........and don't forget, there were 4 of us travelling so those bags were shared between all of us. (Lol)

Thnaks so much for your lovely comments and I hope you enjoy the next stage of my cruise.

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Thank you very much @steemitworldmap

Wow!
Hoping to get there.
My sister's two sister-in-laws are also working in Australia.
Sometimes they would go at Sydney Harbour just to enjoy.
What a nice place!

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Hello @ronel Many thanks for your kind visit and comments. Australia is a wonderful country and the Sydney Harbour is a fascinating place to visit. It is entertaining just to sit and watch all the action .....
But then there are many sites to enjoy on top of that. 😊

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Just looking at the photos feels like I'm on the site. Much more on the actual site.
It would be an exciting experience!

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Thank you #teamnz

wow.. you truely enjoyed your trip :) Your tell from your story line. I am glad to read your blog, by reading it, it seems like I also travel together . And there are nice photos together with the story and experience. It made it more "live".. Hmm I start to day dreaming now by following your story. Hope one day I also able to travel like you :)

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Many thanks for your lovely comments and kind visit @oliviackl I really hope that you can get to experience a cruise one day. It is a fabulous way to travel and relax in between sight seeing.

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I worry I will be like you. Pack a lot of things just in case something turn out. I always need 2 luggage although it only 3-4 days trip. It can rest my mind. or else, I would worry sick i may need this and that which I left at home.

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The only way to solve this problem is to go for a lot more holidays and practice the art of travelling lightly @oliviackl (lol) I must learn to take my own advice.

howdy from Texas trudeehunter! wow this post makes me a little jealous because I've never been on a cruise but I've always heard how wonderful they are. I didn't know they had different restaurants and cafes on board. I just thought they had one place to go eat like one restaurant.

I loved all the facts about the harbor, bridge and all those things, this was such an informative post. Do you travel alot and are you going on more cruise ships?

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Howdy from Brisbane @janton Thanks so much for your welcome visit and input. Hopefully you will get to experience a cruise some time as I think it is the ultimate way to have a fun, relaxed and interesting way to holiday.

There is so much to choose from in the way of cuisine on board and after the first couple of days I can only manage 2 meals a day and the variety is amazing.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading this blog and hopefully by the time I finish this series, you'll be checking out cruises for yourself. I have done a bit of travelling over the years but wasn't into photography before unfortunately, and don't have a lot to show for them. I have made up for that in recent years. (:

Reading and looking at them photos made me miss my home town Sydney i could almost see my house and mum waving at me as you were coming in for touch down my house is not far from the Kingsford Smith Airport. Great photos glad you had a great holiday and enjoyed Sydney:)

Looking forward to Part 2.

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Sorry to make you homesick for Sydney @hangin but I hope I have evoked many happy memories for you as well. I love visiting this part of Sydney. When did you last make a trip 'back home?'

Thanks so much for your welcome comments and support and I hope you enjoy the next installment. Have a fabulous day my friend.

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You definitely bought back some great memories of my last trip which was only this year in April but seems so long ago i when back home for my son's birthday and we spent the day on the harbor on a cruise boat partying but i hadn't been back home for 3 years prior to that so there was a lot of catching up to be done was a very enjoyable trip back home :)

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Sounds like you had a very enjoyable trip back to Sydney in April @hangin, made all the more memorable by a harbour cruise. That's good to hear.

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Thank you @trudeehunter......It certainly was quality time with my son was the best part :)

This is a wonderful ULOG @trudeehunter. You brought us all together with you to your cruise! Such beautiful, blue sky photos! I would love to go on a cruise like yours one day. I like the shadow borders you included with the photos. Thank you for all your effort in putting this together :)

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Many thanks for your wonderful response to this blog @marblely So glad you like it and I do hope you get to go on a cruise one day. I'm sure you would love it.

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I hope so too and I think I will. I've always like the sea, especially when ship moves, the wind blows, and the sun shines. Such bliss! I have put cruise into my bucket list :) I've been to Perth and Melbourne. Hope to go Sydney one day. Have a nice Sunday there @trudeehunter :)

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Don't stop dreaming @marblely Sydney has so much to offer and I'm sure you won't be disappointed when you get there. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. I had a lovely Sunday and I hope you did too.

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Thank you @trudeehunter :) I will not stop dreaming. And am glad you had a lovely Sunday. Mine was nice too :)

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Now, that looks like an incredibly fun trip. It's on my bucket list with half the rest of the world, but it is pretty high up there. I would love to visit Sydney, but I think I would like to take a trip through some of the outback just to relive some of those childhood dreams of Crocodile Dundee. lol
I really loved the pic of the young man sitting and reading the flyer, that is classic.
Hey by the way, I love the name the last name, perhaps your husband and I may be related somewhere in the distant past. lol... wouldn't that be funny? I very much enjoyed the post and the style with which you wrote.

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Hello @coinsandchains Lovely to meet you. Thanks so much for your kind visit and comments. Cruising is the unltimate way to travel and relax but I have to warn you, once you do one cruise, you'll be planning your next one before you leave the ship.
I take it you share the same surname as us? Hunter is a fairly common name but my husband found out in hs thirties that he was adopted, so it is probably unlikely that there is any connection.
If you've never been to Australia, then the Outback is a must to experience. Crocodile Dundee certainly did a great job in bringing Aussie to the rest of the world. All the best with your bucket list!

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I have often heard that about cruises, I have a friend who is an officer on a Carnaval ship. He is always after us to take a cruise.
I do share the sir name, and I do find it pretty common, but you never know how these things work out.
Australia is definitely rather high on my bucket list. However, I don't expect the outback to be quite as interesting as the movie, of course it could actually be more interesting.

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Sorry to have missed your reply @coinsandchains I do hope you get to actually experience a cruise for yourself but it is only fair to earn you that it can be rather addictive. (lol)

I don't know how I missed this post (though given the timing, I guess I was dealing with my real life things).

What an excellent post on the anticipation of this type of holiday. I'm usually a reasonably light packer, especially considering the medical supplies I have to take with me. I usually manage just a rollerbag. However, for cruising, you really want a bit more. And you want a decent outfit for the formal dinners or going out to the fancier restaurants (where not so much compulsory, but it feels good to dress up for a fancy meal). You also want casual clothing for just chilling on board, either in the bars or around the pool.

And as you say in your comment to someone else, Weather difference can give you an entire second suitcase of clothing!

I look forward to reading your series on this holiday

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Thank you kindly for your wonderful response to this blog @ratticus and I am so pleased to have your endorsement for packing my suitcase to the limit.......just in case. You have obviously spoken from experience and you and I both know, that to get the most out of cruising, we really should combine fine dining as well as the more casual style dining and we need to dress accordingly.

All this reminiscing, makes me crave for my next cruise. (Sigh)

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Eat at all the options! And there are just so many of them on most ships that I don't really understand the people that just eat at the buffet.

On my first cruise I traveled with Mum, who was quite an experienced cruise holidayer already. I was warned in advance that there would be formal dinner nights (~1/wk) and so a suit, shirt and tie would be needed. Some of my favourite portraits have come from those nights, both on the trips with my mum, and on the trip with my partner.

And food, well so much good food. Norwegian has some pretty good restaurants on board for a reasonable additional price. Especially if you compare it to what you'd pay for similar off the boat, as opposed to 'but I could just eat at these other places without paying any extra'.